This simple, Whole Roasted Baby Cauliflower is perfectly charred on the outside and tender in the middle. Made with just four ingredients – salted water, extra-virgin olive oil, coarse sea salt—and cauliflower.

Whole Roasted Baby Cauliflower

Roasting a whole cauliflower turns it into something more than just a plain old vegetable side dish. Here it becomes the star of the show.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Israelian
Keyword: miznon world famous cauliflower, whole roasted cauliflower
Servings: 4
Calories: 46.5kcal


  • 1 Small head cauliflower with leaves
  • 2 gals. Water
  • ¼ cup Course sea salt or kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp. Best-quality Olive oil extra-virgin, divided
  • serve with tahini, optional


  • Preheat oven to 550°F with oven rack in center of oven. Trim stem of cauliflower, keeping leaves intact, so it will sit level on a sheet pan.
  • Bring 2 gallons water to a boil in a large pot over high heat. Stir in salt until dissolved.
  • Add the cauliflower, placing something over the cauliflower to keep it submerged.
  • Boil until very tender, 12 to 13 minutes.
  • Carefully lift the cauliflower from water and drain. Transfer to the sheet pan, stem side down.
  • Use a brush and brush the cauliflower with olive oil all over. Sprinkle remaining sea salt and bake in preheated oven until browned, about 25 to 35 minutes.
  • Broil 2 minutes. Serve hot.


Serving: 1/4 cauliflower head, Calories: 46.5kcal

Nutrition Facts

1 servings per container

  • Amount Per ServingCalories46.5
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 3.5g 6%
    • Saturated Fat 0.5g 3%
  • Sodium 600mg 25%
  • Total Carbohydrate 3.5g 2%
    • Dietary Fiber 1.5g 6%
    • Sugars 1.5g
  • Protein 1.5g 3%

    * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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    Written by Lisa Yarde

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